The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) has said that that it is in receipt of a press query with regards the alleged refusal by Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) to allow City of Lusaka to use the Woodlands Stadium.
In a statement released to the media, the allegation is that FAZ has told City of Lusaka not to use Woodlands Stadium because it is branded with Vodafone, the sponsors of City of Lusaka.
According to FAZ, the presence of the Vodafone brand is in violation of the sponsorship that FAZ has with MTN Zambia as the the official sponsors of the Zambian Super Division League.
Below is the full statement
Refusal by FAZ to allow City of Lusaka to use the Woodlands Stadium
For Immediate Use
7th September, 2017
The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) has a mandate to promote, strengthen and regulate the way competition works in the Zambian markets by ensuring that there is a level playing field for all enterprises as they conduct business to improve the efficiency of the economy.
The Commission wishes to inform the public that it is in receipt of a press query with regards the alleged refusal by Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) to allow City of Lusaka to use the Woodlands Stadium allegedly because it is branded Vodafone, City of Lusaka sponsors while MTN Zambia the official sponsors of the Zambian Super Division League are a business competitor in the provision of mobile products and services.
The Commission endeavours to ensure that all players conducting business in the country do so in a manner that is devoid of anti-competitiveness. This requirement is more stringent for dominant players in every sector as they have an added responsibility to ensure that they do not forestall the progress of their competitors.
In this regard, the Commission would like to state that the issue of FAZ and City of Lusaka is currently being assessed by the Commission to ascertain whether the conduct indeed did occur and the potential implications it might have on fostering a competitive economic environment.
Therefore, the Commission will endeavour to get necessary information regarding this matter to enable a thoroughly assessment. The media will be updated of the outcome and if indeed the conduct violated the Competition and Consumer Protection Act No. 24 of 2010, appropriate remedial measures are put in place to avoid any such occurrences.
Namukolo M. Kasumpa
Public Relations Officer